Russia-Ukraine War: Zelensky proposes meeting Putin in Jerusalem

Kyiv (Ukraine):

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday suggested that negotiations between Ukraine and Russia to end the ongoing war could be held in Jerusalem.

Zelensky said that he asked Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to act as an intermediary, The Kyiv Independent reported.

“We generally support mediation by anyone,” Zelensky said in an answer to a question about Israel’s potential role. “But I wouldn’t call Prime Minister Bennett ‘anyone.’ You can play an important role because Israel is a country with a rich history.”

He went on to say that Ukrainian immigrants were among Israel’s founders, “who brought with them their history and their desire to build a great country, as it is now. So it’s not bad at all for us to have such mediation.”

He said he told Bennett he did not believe negotiations could take place in Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus. “These are not places where we can come to any understandings on ending the war — I’m not talking about technical meetings but meetings between leaders. I believe Israel can be such a place, especially Jerusalem. I think so, and I said this to Bennett,” he said.

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